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This season of ABC’sThe Bachelor,Nick Viall has opened his heart to all six of the remaining women on the show. While some have becomeBachelor"villains," viewers have found a favorite in Dallas native Rachel Lindsay. And though she's technically still in the running, she was just announced as the newBachelorettein an announcement that was long overdue. That's because in a show with an overwhelmingly white cast, Lindsay will become the first blackBachelorettein the show's history. (Took long enough.)
On Monday's episode of Jimmy Kimmel Live, Jimmy Kimmel made the official announcement that the newBachelorettefor the upcoming season would in fact be Rachel Lindsay. So, to celebrate the history-makingBachelornews, here are some important facts about theBachelorfan favorite who, in the words of Chris Harrison, is ready to embark on her own journey to find love.
1. She's a smart cookie.
Lindsay attended theUniversity of Texaswhere she graduated with a degree in Kinesiology and Sports Management. After undergrad, Lindsay went on to law school at Marquette University. The attorney now practices in Dallas, Texas where her expertise is listed as insurance law on her firm's biography page. Judging by Nick's past relationship with formerBacheloretteAndi Dorfman, he really likes lawyers.
2. She has a tight-knit family.
The Texas native is very close with her family — and told Nick about her "strict" father, a federal judge. You can find her at her family's church on Sundays, most likely with her younger sister (who could also pass as her twin). Lindsay is also an aunt; she recently shared a photo of her adorable baby nephew on her Instagram as well as several photos of other family members, including a recent Happy Birthday post dedicated to her mom.
3. She madeBachelorhistory.
It was obvious that Rachel was going to last a while after she won the first-impression rose on the show's premiere episode. She even made history by becoming the first black contestant to ever win the first-impression rose. (Yes, it took this long for that to happen.) Currently Rachel is part of the top four women who get to take Nick to their hometowns. First impression rose aside, Lindsay has gone further along on the show than most women of color ever have.
4. She's currently one of the oldest contestants on the show.
Nick has madeBachelorhistory a few times - being on the show three times to start - and now he is the oldestBachelorcontestant at the age of 36. But with an age range of women from 23 to 31 vying for Nick's heart, Lindsay also falls on the older end of the spectrum being one of the oldest girls along with neonatal nurse Danielle Maltby, who is also 31. Sadly, Maltby was sent home on Monday night's episode of theBachelor, while Lindsay is still in the running. But alas, we now know that Rachel's journey to find love with Nick is about to come to an end.
5. She was one of Jennifer Aniston'sBachelorpicks.
Back in December, Jennifer Aniston joined Kimmel onJimmy Kimmel Live, to talk Bachelor predictions for Viall's upcoming season. Without knowing anything about the contestants, minus the few details on theBachelorscreen, Aniston assessed who she felt would make it to the top four. Aniston ended up choosing Elizabeth Sandos, (who is no longer on the show), Danielle Maltby, (who was recently sent home), Corinne Olympios (the season's controversial villain, but also now in the top four), and Lindsay. The fact that three of Aniston's picks are currently still on the show is pretty impressive.
6. She hasBacheloralum fans.
While Rachel has successfully won over the hearts of viewers on social media and formerBachelorcontestants like Ashley Iconetti, Amanda Stanton, (who Nick had aBachelor In Paradisecrush on over the summer), and ABC's most recentBachelor, Ben Higgins.
What I like about Rachel is that is demonstrates that you can be a smart, confident, badass woman and also *WARM.*— Ashley Iaconetti (@ashleyiaco) January 31, 2019
Rachel's date was so refreshing. She's stunning, smart and classy but still knows how to have a good time! I'm a fan— Amanda Stanton (@amandastantonnn) January 31, 2019
And even Nick.
My heart is full of joy for you Rachel. Congrats!! You will be one hell of a Bachelorette!! Beauty & class.. you have it all!! TheBachelor— Nick Viall (@viallnicholas28) February 14, 2019
7. And she's still good friends with many of her fellow contestants.
Recent posts on her Instagram feed show Rachel with recent eliminees Whitney Fransway, Alexis "Shark Girl" Waters, Sarah Vendal and Astrid Loch. In each instance, Rachel tagged the post #realfriends #friendsforlife.
8. Lindsay will be the first African AmericanBachelorette.
The BachelorandThe Bachelorettehave constantly received criticism for not being diverse. And though the show has taking some initiative by adding more of a diverse group of contestants, there has still yet to be aBachelorofBacheloretteof color - that is, until now. Though Rachel will not be offered Nick's final rose, the 31-year-old will making history as the first ever African American lead of theBachelorfranchise.
After the official announcement was made, Lindsay opened up toPeopleand said, “I’m happy to represent myself as a black woman in front of America and I’m happy for America to rally behind me and see what it’s like for me to be on this journey to find love.” Lindsay goes on to say that her season of theBachelorettewill not be any different from the others. “I’m obviously nervous and excited to take on this opportunity but I don’t feel added pressure being the first black Bachelorette, because to me I’m just a black woman trying to find love. Yes, I’m doing on this huge stage, but again my journey of love isn’t any different just because my skin color is.”
Thirty-threeBachelorseasons later, it's about time.
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